Porsche dropped their factory support in the GTE-Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016 for a good reason, as they were preparing a proper machine under the new LMGTE regulations that came in force this year. Although its competition debut may be only in seven months, we already had a sight of their racer.
This Thursday (12), the very first pictures of the new 911 RSR were released to the public, along with test drives with most of the works drivers at the wheel of the car at Porsche’s headquarters in Weissach.
Unfortunately the good shots that were released are only with the car looking to you and nothing more. The other angles of the car also are point of speculation in the gearbox and engine matter, as the rear engine position could be move further to the middle of the 911 RSR and the gearbox could go behind the engine in order to improve stability. Since there were no technical details of the components of the 911 RSR, it is unclear even if it will come with some improved version of the famous four liter flat six engine under the body.
Proton Competition may be taking care of Porsche’s GTE-Pro program this year, but Manthey Racing will make a single appearance at Le Mans to then go back to FIA WEC business with the new 911 RSR in 2017, although the debut of the new car will be with the program run by CORE Autosport in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship on American soil, with a two-car effort from the Rolex 24 at Daytona onwards. The racing commitments of the team owned by Olaf Manthey are limited to the use of the 911 GT3-R and Nürburgring, participating of the VLN championship and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.